Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Programme management

This team run a variety of projects and initiatives in the Arena Centre and support the Associate Directors and Teaching Fellows in their work across UCL.


Valentina Barbaria, AFHEA

Programmes Manager (Research Supervision and Early Career Academic Development)

Email: valentina.barbaria@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6465 (internal: 56465)

I manage the administration of all of the UCL Arena Centre’s activity for research staff and early career academic development. 

This includes:

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Moira Paganelli

Programmes Officer (Research Supervision and Early Career Academic Development)

Email: m.paganelli@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9397 (internal: 59397)

I lead the administration of the UCL Arena One, Gateway workshops and the Teaching Associate Programme, which interacts with over 700 attendants every year.

I also co-ordinate UCL Arena Essentials, run by UCL staff and external colleagues.

Contact me about

  • Arena One (for PhD students and Postdocs who teach) and any other support needed for postgraduate teaching assistants – you can also email arena.one@ucl.ac.uk.

Peter Phillips

Programmes Manager (Recognition, development and resources)

Email: peter.phillips@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6468 (internal: 56468)

I work within the pillar ‘Professional development and resources’ advising and assisting the Associate Director,  Dr Jennifer Griffiths, in identifying short, medium and long term strategic objectives and priorities for the pillar as well as collecting, maintaining and analysing data and management information to support the decision-making processes.

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Abbie King
Abbie King, FHEA

Strategic Project Manager (Education & Student Experience)

Email: abbie.king@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6466 (internal: 56466)

Abbie King is the Strategic Project Manager (Education & Student Experience) at UCL’s Arena Centre for Research-based Education.

She works closely with the Arena Centre’s leadership team to operationalise its outward-facing activity including:

  • faculty support work
  • input into and support of Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes
  • staff-student partnership activities

Abbie also works to build strong relationships with other UCL central services, ensuring the Arena Centre works effectively and collaboratively on strategic initiatives and projects and that students play an authentic role as our partners in those projects.

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I am also happy to discuss and advise on working with Students as Partners beyond the remit of either of those initiatives.

Sandra Lusk, AFHEA

Programmes Officer (Recognition, development and resources)

Email: s.lusk@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6467 (internal: 56467)

Fiona Wilkie

Programmes Officer (Quality Assurance and Enhancement)

Email: f.wilkie@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 6469 (internal: 56469)

I work with projects manager, Abbie King, and Associate Director for Quality Assurance and Enhancement, Dr Jenny Marie

I am responsible for ASER, IQR and TEF support, as well as faculty liaison work, faculty teaching committees and faculty tutor forums. 

I also support UCL ChangeMakers, the Student Quality Reviewers scheme, and the Giving Good Quality Feedback sessions in departments.

Contact me about

  • Support for ASER, TEF and IQR.
  • UCL ChangeMakers.
  • Student Quality Reviewers.
  • Giving Good Quality Feedback workshops.